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Don’t intend to supplant HC cases on Covid-19, SC says | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday termed the Covid situation in the country a ‘national crisis,’ and observed that high courts are in a better position to monitor the pandemic situation within their territorial boundaries.
Stating that it cannot remain a mute spectator, the apex court said that its suo motu proceeding on devising national policy for Covid-19 management is not meant to supplant high court cases.
There is a need for top court’s intervention on certain national issues as there might be matters related to coordination between states, a bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud said.
We are playing complementary role, if High Courts have any difficulty in dealing with issues due to territorial limitations, we will help, said the bench.
The court also sought details from the Centre on oxygen requirement in the country and steps taken to augment its production. It asked the Centre to file an affidavit by Thursday on this, and other critical issues like availability of doctors and health workers; availability of Remdesevir and of vaccines to all above 18 years.
The hearing will resume on Friday.
Last Thursday, the bench took note of the pandemic situation due to sudden surge in Covid-19 cases as also mortality and said it expected the Centre to come out with a national plan to deal with distribution of essential services and supplies, including oxygen and drugs.
(With agency inputs)

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